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Making History Count: Simple Steps towards Understanding Numbers in History

Author: Richard Rodger

Type: Case Study

 Making History Count

The project sought to develop simple numeracy and elementary statistical skills of value to history students at all levels. The emphasis was on building confidence in the use of elementary measures as a means of enhancing historical analysis and understanding. This was achieved by devising screencasts (with transcriptions), worked historical examples, and simple explanations of the data sets and results. Overall, in a test group of 60 students, the entire set of modules took 3 hours to complete. Feedback from these students was extremely positive and minor improvements have been incorporated as a result.